I’m hoping that everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday season with your family and friends. As you all know, we are getting ready to start our 2017 Race season. It begins with our all-time classic ” The Orlando Winter Nationals ” being held in Melbourne at Sarno Lake 5100 Eau Gallie Boulevard January 20-22. I’m very excited about the potential that I see building for a great season in 2017. I want all of us to focus on maintaining a positive atmosphere with great camaraderie and clean competition. I want us to continue to focus on having FUN! If we do this as a district we will improve the experience that our own members and visitors have at our races by making the event quality oriented. I believe there has been a positive change with the overall Community here in District 3. We had a lot of fun over the past year so if you weren’t able to join us, get the cobwebs knocked off your boats and come out and have some fun. If you were able to attend some of our races this past year I want to extend my gratitude and appreciation to you because you are the reason we had a great time. This District would not survive without you, your passion and enthusiasm for the boat racing hobby. Last year we began making a push to bring back some of the nitro boaters. I believe it was a success and it was fun to mix the races up again. We had an increase in boater turnout at the Races by about 10%. At the Brandon Twin Rigger shootout we had a turnout of 215 boats. We have not seen that kind of participation at a district high points race in quite some time, the truth of the matter is it takes involvement of both gas and nitro to make that happen this year we will also begin offering electric classes at all of our district high point races. There is a great opportunity to bring in some new faces and I want us to make the most of it. There are going to be some new faces at our races this year. I wanted to make them feel welcome by lending a hand if we see them struggle with certain aspects of racing or if they’re having mechanical issues. We can be a district that has an atmosphere of encouragement and positive attitudes I can’t wait to see what this year holds for us. We’re going to try some new things this year. With some suggestions from Andy Brown, we’re going to put on a handful of one day races in the central Florida area. This will be fun run events and not associated with the High Point series. They will be ran in an open format that includes Nitro Gas and Electric in these certain classes. It will be a run what you bring type of event. Should be fun to try something new. Once again, I can’t wait to see everyone at the lake again, get away from the normal work grind, hang out with some friends and have a good time racing some boats.
Namba District III Director